Gulfstream Plans New Massachusetts Facility

 - September 5, 2012, 1:25 PM
Senior aircraft technician Don Chouinard is one of Gulfstream Westfield’s nearly 170 employees.

Gulfstream Aerospace has extended the operating hours at its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., to provide 24-hour service Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Gulfstream Westfield offers AOG support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. The MRO facility currently employs 168 people, including 90 A&P technicians and 16 avionics technicians. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.

“Our new maintenance hangar will nearly double the site’s under-roof capacity from a mixture of 12 large-cabin and mid-cabin aircraft to approximately 22. It will also accommodate Gulfstream’s new flagship, the G650. When our new hangar is completed in April next year, we will be able to take on more refurbishment jobs, including interiors and avionics,” Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support, told AIN.

In May this year, Gulfstream broke ground on the 125,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to an existing 85,000-sq-ft service hangar.